ST. JOHNS, Florida. – Northeast Florida is a golfer’s dream.
The opportunity to play almost all year round and the area abounds with a plethora of courses that are both affordable and challenging. The latest offering is located along a 3.5-mile stretch of country road 210 in St. Johns that already boasts three of the area’s most popular layouts.
However, Stillwater Golf and Country Club might be unlike any other golf experience in this link-laden part of the world. The Lennar-designed subdivision is the only local 55+ community that features a golf course. All 18 holes are grouped, meaning they can be played in chunks of three to four holes to help speed up play in today’s hectic lifestyles. It also has one of the few Toptracer driving ranges in our area.
The golf course was designed by Master Golf Course Architect Bobby Weed, well known for projects such as Grove XXIII (owned by Michael Jordan), The Olde Farm Golf Club, Medalist Golf Club and Ponte Vedra Inn and Club. Weed is a northeast Florida resident and said it was designed for all levels of community-dwelling golfers. A golf membership is part of every owner’s purchase package. “The first question we ask a new owner is, ‘Who plays golf?’ We want to design a golf course for people who play golf,” Weed said.
The club is semi-private and began booking tee times for the public in September. The practice area has an extensive driving range, including the Toptracer range where you can track your shots like at TopGolf at St. Johns Town Center. There are also your standard practice greens for chipping and putting. To add a little fun to your warm-up or practice routine, the huge “Himalayan” practice green features huge undulations and pin positions.
The course itself is playable, ranging from 4,760 to 5,288 yards on both women’s tees. Men can test their game between 5,288 and 6,745 yards on 4 tees. The course can be extended to more than 7,000 from the tips. The visuals on the course themselves are separate from other local courses. Although you get the typical views of the lane house and liquid penalty areas on most Florida layouts, a links-style bunker system and mounding “natural zones” that separate the holes give you the feeling transported to a different place.
“No cart paths to speak of. All hull areas. Many grasses that do not require irrigation. Really not rough for the golf course. So I think the golf course can be very accommodating. Bunkers are a bit more unique than what you would normally see. They are a little throwback to what you see in the British Isles with the side faces,” Weed described to a crowd playing the course for the first time.
The clubhouse is still under construction but should open later this year. Currently, Stillwater does not plan to offer non-residential subscriptions. This means that the only way to join the Club is through membership bundled with the purchase of a home in the community.
For more detailed information on the amenities of the property, you can visit www.stillwatergcc.com, or for community information and property offerings, please visit www.stillwatergolfclub.com.
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